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The Spoilers (1942)

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The fourth of five movie versions of the rugged Rex Beach novel of the same name, 1942's The Spoilers stars Marlene Dietrich, John Wayne, and Randolph Scott. The plot, involving the cheating of Alaskan gold rush prospectors by a crooked gold commissioner, requires that Scott play a villain, Alexander McNamara. Prospector Roy Glennister (Wayne) is continually persecuted by McNamara, who has the law on his side, until the two decide to settle their dispute man-to-man in a spectacular reel-long fistfight. La Dietrich plays saloon-hall gal Cherry Mallote, who becomes the romantic bone of contention between Glennister and McNamara. William Farnum, who played John Wayne's role in the original 1914 filmization of The Spoilers, plays a key supporting role in this remake; also on hand in a cameo is poet Robert W. Service, of The Shooting of Dan McGrew fame. Listen for a cute inside joke at the beginning of the picture, invoking the name of co-producer Lee Marcus. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Cast

John Wayne
as Cherry Malotte
Randolph Scott
as Alexander McNamara
Marlene Dietrich
as Cherry Malotte
Margaret Lindsay
as Helen Chester
Harry Carey
as Al Dextry
Richard Barthelmess
as Bronco Kid Farrell
Samuel S. Hinds
as Judge Stillman
Russell Simpson
as Flapjack Simms
Jack Norton
as Mr. Skinner
Art Miles
as Deputy
Charles Halton
as Jonathan Struve
Bud Osborne
as Marshall
Drew Demarest
as Galloway
Robert E. Homans
as Sea Captain
Irving Bacon
as Hotel Proprietor
Bob McKenzie
as Restaurateur
Chester Clute
as Montrose
Harry Woods
as Complaining Miner
William Gould
as Marshal Thompson
Willie Fung
as Jailed Chinaman
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Critic Reviews for The Spoilers

All Critics (3)

Rough and tumble John Wayne flick highlighted by brawl with Randolph Scott.

March 22, 2008 | Rating: 4/5
Video-Reviewmaster.com

This Alaskan adventure is the fourth film version of the popular 1906 book and the second pf three teamings of John Wayne with Marlene Dietrich.

June 13, 2007 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
EmanuelLevy.Com

Marlene couldn't be sexier, wearing brocades and gowns, changing from one gown to another at the drop of a beer stein.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for The Spoilers

Average western put over by its stars. Marlene Dietrich is the most glamourous saloon keeper you'll ever see and John Wayne is young and handsome.

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